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Kazakhstan Launches Probe Into Radioactive Coal Export To Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan exported 9,000 tons of radioactive coal to Kyrgyzstan last year.
TARAZ, Kazakhstan -- Kazakh officials have announced that Zhambyl Oblast customs control department in Kazakhstan’s south has launched an investigation into the export of almost 9,000 tons of radioactive coal to neighboring Kyrgyzstan.

According to officials from the Finance Ministry’s Customs Control Committee, experts are currently testing the contaminated coal.

The radioactive coal was supplied to Kyrgyzstan in September last year from the Qulan deposit in Zhambyl Oblast.

The scandal around the coal led to arrests and allegations of corruption in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz authorities announced last week that they had arrested seven officials over the decision to permit the coal to be imported.

The coal had been distributed to schools in Kyrgyzstan's northern Chui region. Kyrgyzstan has started sending the tainted coal back to Kazakhstan earlier this week.
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